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11:30 AM ET, July 23, 2019


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Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
Lessons from the fall of Mic, the millennial-focused, Facebook-dependent site which left staffers exhausted, distrustful of leadership, and financially insecure  —  “I don't need a pair of Nikes.  I need a 401(k)" — and other lessons from the death of a venture-backed, Facebook-dependent, millennial-focused news site.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Pew survey of 10,618 Americans from last fall: 61% say the news media intentionally ignores important stories, 19% say media is biased or focused on opinions  —  It's not just the media institutions — Americans' trust in the federal government, and each other, is dropping.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
A look at the work of Puerto Rican news nonprofit CPI, whose publication of texts sent by the governor has partly sparked protests demanding his resignation  —  New York (CNN Business)Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism has broken many, many stories in the past eleven years.
James Walker / Press Gazette:
EU allots €1.5M to responding to press freedom violations, like providing “tangible protection for journalists,” as part of €4.2M in funding for media projects  —  The European Union has opened up €4.2m (£3.8m) in funding for projects supporting media freedom …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Newly profitable, Axel Springer and Samsung's news aggregator app Upday plans to launch on other platforms and introduce a podcast aggregator this year  —  Axel Springer's line of defense against the duopoly, news aggregator app Upday, is now profitable and gearing up to scale further and drive more revenue.
Discussion: @upday_press
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
The CBS blackout is the 213th one in 2019 while only eight blackouts occurred in 2010 as reliance on retransmission fees makes negotiations more strained  —  Among media companies, “going dark” was once a matter of last resort.  Now it's an option that is seeing more light.
Discussion: @davezatz
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Wudan Yan:
Freelance journalist documents the frustrations encountered and energy spent trying to hold three late-paying publications accountable for $5000+ they owed her  —  In late May, I returned home after four weeks on the road.  I spent two of those weeks on vacation, and another two on the East Coast, visiting family and friends.
Miguel Cordon / Tech in Asia:
iflix, a streaming service targeting emerging markets, raises $50M ahead of a potential IPO, says it had around 17M users in May, up from 9M six months earlier  —  Video-streaming platform iFlix has raised over US$50 million in a round anchored by global asset manager Fidelity International ahead of a potential initial public offering.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Nearly every Democratic presidential candidate has pledged to bring back daily press briefings at the White House and the Pentagon in 2021  —  Joe Biden said in a speech that he would bring back the televised sessions, and 21 Democratic campaigns said in response to a survey by POLITICO that they would do the same.
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Anna Kaplan / The Daily Beast:
Judge tosses lawsuit against Facebook filed by an IRA-linked Russian company, the Federal Agency of News, claiming Facebook violated its First Amendment rights
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
After taking AG Barr's characterization of the Mueller report at face value, the media has another chance to get it right when Mueller testifies before Congress
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu:
[Thread] Newsrooms can't ignore Trump's outrageous behavior without normalizing him, but they do have options for responsible coverage beyond “taking the bait”
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Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
After Epstein got out of jail, Forbes, HuffPost, and National Review ran puff pieces about him, not mentioning his conviction, largely via outside contributors
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Cumulus Media blocks country radio stations from airing Blair Garner's interview with Pete Buttigieg, citing the FCC's equal-time rule
Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation invests $50M at 11 American universities and research institutions to better understand how technology is transforming democracy
Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian:
Brexit funder Arron Banks issues legal threats against Netflix and journalist Carole Cadwalladr over The Great Hack documentary, which comes out this week